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Sunderland have reportedly agreed a fee with Lorient for Lamine Kone.

It appears as if Sam Allardyce is on the verge of making Lamine Kone his first signing as Sunderland manager, with reports in France claiming Sunderland have agreed a fee with Lorient for the Ivory Coast defender.

According to L'Equipe, Sunderland have agreed a fee of 'several million Euros' for the 26-year-old defender. Although Sky Sports claim that, despite the club having genuine interest in Kone, a bid has yet to be made.

With Allardyce recently resorting to using three central defenders, a new arrival was desperately needed in that position due to the club only having Wes Brown as senior back up to John O'Shea, Sebastian Coates and Younes Kaboul, and highly-rated youngster Tom Beadling only just returning after an injury lay-off.

Kone has been a regular for Lorient this season and has had scouts from several Premier League sides watching him in action, with Allardyce himself present for Lorient's 2-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain last month. The player's agent Mark McKay admitted that interest is mounting in the player, who he believes would be a perfect fit for the Premier League;

There is mounting interest in Lamine and a number of Premier League clubs have been watching him for some time now.

I believe several sides are set to watch him in action when Lorient play Paris Saint-Germain in the first game after the international break.

Lamine is fast, strong and athletic and would be ideally suited to the style of play in the Premier League.